An Extensive Collection of Medals for Long and Meritorious Service

Date of Auction: 25th June 2008

Sold for £580

Estimate: £400 - £500

Royal Marine Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., Coinage head (P.O.48 J. Fleming, Sgt. R.M. 6 Apl. 1933) officially impressed naming, good very fine, rare £400-500


Only 17 George V ‘Coinage Head’ issues appear to have been issued to the Royal Marines, of which 8 are known.

James Fleming was born in Gosport, Hampshire on 28 July 1849 and enlisted in to the Royal Marines on 28 October 1863. He was based at Portsmouth to January 1865, Victory to January 1866, Portsmouth again to December 1867, Dasher to December 1869, and Portsmouth, January 1870-August 1888 (during which period he re-engaged on 11th August 1875) when he was discharged. He was promoted to Corporal in September 1870 and to Sergeant in December 1873 and was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 15 August 1877. His application for the Meritorious Service Medal was received from his son on 3 September 1931 and the Medal and Annuity was approved on 27 February 1933. With copied service paper.